Corvette Engineers Arrested for Street Racing, Apparently Fired From GM

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
corvette engineers arrested for street racing apparently fired from gm

Earlier this month, two GM engineers were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky for illegally street racing the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. Three Stingrays were present, but only two of the men were caught breaking the law. Kentucky State Police stopped Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz on January 8th, on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green, for exceeding the road’s 45-mph speed limit.

Thim was busted doing 120 mph while Derkatz settled on a nice, round 100 mph, according to local outlet WNKY. However, even 26 mph over the limit would be enough to haul them into custody and set court dates that could end in a suspended license. It seems the two men were also fired from General Motors for hooning the mid-engined C8 before the general public was provided the opportunity.

On Wednesday, CarBuzz noted the men had changed their professional profiles to indicate they were no longer employed by the automaker:

Both of their respective LinkedIn pages reveal they each stopped working for the automaker as of January 2020. The timing is not coincidental. Thim’s page even specifically mentions he “previously worked at General Motors launching the new 2020 Corvette.” Derkatz wrote on his page, in past tense, about his “multiple roles at General Motors.”

Both are young, Thim is just 27 and Derkatz is 30, so they’ll find new jobs sooner or later. They’re also talented and highly-skilled engineers once assigned to work on perhaps the most important project the automaker has done in years. We can’t confirm whether they were fired or chose instead to resign, but it’s clear they’re out of the job at the moment. This all could have ended far worse if either of them got into a serious accident either injuring themselves or someone else.

While Lovers Lane appears to be a rather predictable and mostly straight road, driving at over twice the posted limit in an area with both residential and business traffic isn’t something we’d recommend. Obviously, the local authorities feel similarly.

“If the speed limit is 45 miles per hour, there is a reason for that so if you double or almost triple that, it makes it a lot more dangerous. There is a lot more things that can go wrong. It makes it a lot harder to see what is in front of you. It is a lot harder to react to vehicle and things in front of you,” Kentucky State Trooper Daniel Priddy told WNKY.

The men reportedly identified themselves as GM engineers when stopped by the police. They were held in the Warren County Regional Jail overnight and released on a pair of $1,000 bonds the following day.

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  • Redapple Redapple on Jan 23, 2020

    They took a big hit. To go from launching the radical new corvette in an assembly plant to doing 8Ds at Livonia Transmission will really suck.

  • Rudiger Rudiger on Jan 23, 2020

    These guys would have been wise to have studied the history of factory street racing back in sixties Detroit. GM ad-man Jim Wangers (GTO, 442) would go out on Woodward Avenue, but he was smart enough to have someone else driving the cars and rode shotgun. Similarly, 'Father of the Hemi' Tom Hoover would loan out his '66 Hemi Coronet to someone else or simply give experimental parts to local Mopar guys to test on their cars.

  • Marvin Im a current owner of a 2012 Golf R 2 Door with 5 grand on the odometer . Fun car to drive ! It's my summer cruiser. 2006 GLI with 33,000 . The R can be money pit if service by the dealership. For both cars I deal with Foreign car specialist , non union shop but they know their stuff !!! From what I gather the newer R's 22,23' too many electronic controls on the screen, plus the 12 is the last of the of the trouble free ones and fun to drive no on screen electronics Maze !
  • VoGhost I'm clearly in the minority here, but I think this is a smart move. Apple is getting very powerful, and has slowly been encroaching on the driving experience over the last decade. Companies like GM were on the verge of turning into mere hardware vendors to the Apple brand. "Is that a new car; what did you get?" "I don't remember. But it has the latest Apple OS, which is all I care about." Taking back the driving experience before it was too late might just be GM's smartest move in a while.
  • VoGhost Can someone Christian explain to me what this has to do with Jesus and bunnies?
  • Del My father bought GM cars in the 60's, but in 1971 he gave me a used Datsun (as they were called back then), and I'm now in my 70's and am happy to say that GM has been absent from my entire adult life. This article makes me gladder than ever.
  • TheEndlessEnigma That's right GM, just keep adding to that list of reasons why I will never buy your products. This, I think, becomes reason number 69, right after OnStar-Cannot-Be-Disabled-And-It-Comes-Standard-Whether-Or-Not-You-Want-It and Screw-You-American-Car-Buyer-We-Only-Make-Trucks-And-SUVs.